Hi all, long time reader first time poster I am in a bit of a dilemma I am a physics and math major who wants to be a mechanical research engineer. My end goal is to pursue a PhD in mechanical engineering with a specialty in energy. My problem is education is fully funded by my physics mentor and I would not be able to attend school otherwise. I am a second degree student returning to college so financial aid is out. How much of a disadvantage would it be for me to apply to a PhD program in mech engineering with a math and physics degree? Second question is there a physics equivalent of the mechanical engineer? I really love the broad scope of the field and being able to do research of that flavor really appeals to me in comparison to pure physics research. I want to create more so than answer a question but a nice hybrid job would be nice. I am asking a lot but a role with theoretical, experimental and engineering aspects would be nice.